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Mock Parliament Debate

Everything you need to run an immersive mock parliamentary debate in the classroom. 

Examine how Parliament operates, its different functions and the key roles and responsibilities within government whilst also developing your students oracy skills.

Overview

Aimed at students in KS4 and 5 (13-18 year olds) the pack is designed to be delivered over a two hour period and is split into three parts:

  • Part 1: An introduction to Parliament
  • Part 2: Introducing the motion and preparing for the debate
  • Part 3: Running the debate

Each student is allocated a role guide and assigned to a political party. Clear instructions are provided to students on how to prepare for their role and what to do during the debate. 

 

New motion for 2022!

Challenge your students to debate our brand new motion “A new Bill of Rights should be passed to replace the Human Rights Act”.

Remember, this resource is the perfect complement for UK Parliament Week, which starts on 14 November 2022.

 

“Learning about Parliament is so important because it educates young people as to how the government works and how much we are affected by politics. I found the resources informative and helpful as they explained all the different roles in a debate, and I really enjoyed expressing my opinion.”

Year 9 student, St James’s Church of England High School, Bolton

 

Acknowledgment:

These teaching and learning resources were developed in partnership with the global firm, FTI Consulting. We are grateful for their support in boosting young people’s awareness of our democracy, and the ways we can work together to strengthen society for everybody.

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